With varying and modifiable levels of intensity, as well as a low impact design, ASA! is an upbeat workout that fuses traditional and modern (“club”) dance movements of west, central, east and southern Africa with dynamic strength, metabolic and cardiorespiratory training systems. The individual movements and routines of this program strategically target your cardiovascular systems as well as specific muscle groups (with an emphasis on core/stabilizing muscle groups) to provide the full fitness benefit. For the full emotional, spiritual and mental gains, the workout is disguised in the fun, exciting, and body and soul-stimulating manner that defines African music, dance and culture in general. ASA! Allows participants to improve cardiovascular capacity, burn calories, tone, improve performance, maintain health, ensure longevity, smile, let loose and HAVE FUN!!
Since the beginning of ASA!’s official launch, Loves Life Photography has been present for each and every planned and unplanned event. Its photographers have captured important moments and have thus allowed us to spread this unique ASA! energy to parts of the world we have not yet had the pleasure of visiting. Not many photographers have the skill to transfer feeling from life to photograph. Our following has grown to an international scale and we owe this in part to Loves Life’s ability to convey the excitement of our classes and performances to participants, such as myself, who need to relive the moment long after they leave the dance floor.
- Akosua Akoto, President ASA! Enterprises LLC
THE ADINKRA GROUP
The Adinkra Group is a Cultural Edutainment Resource and Consulting company based in Washington, DC. Our approach to entertainment is designed to inform, educate and entertain diverse audiences with a high level of professionalism, artistry and integrity. We work with artists and produce events globally. Loves Life Photography has and continues to help us keep our brand sharp with crisp and vivid images. We value our partnership with Loves Life and would highly recommend their services.
Merge of Maximum is a creative studio located in Washington, DC. We provide digital and traditional media development for clients around the world. Clients include Puma, Solange, BBB, and many other world renowned brands. MRGMXMM brings the best people together to make the best ideas happen.
Visit us online at mrgmxmm.com or stop by the studio conveniently located off of New York Ave and Route US-50.
I know the creative mastermind behind Loves Life from whence we were children. Early in life he began leading his passions in the creatives, from dance and drums, to humor and teaching.
I was introduced to his eye as a photographer from a photo online that I stared at for a while, and later came to know he was the originator. I then knew what will mix of his dedication and passion, photography would soon follow a great in this realm.
A fresh blend between Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill, Maimouna “Mumu Fresh” Youssef is a seasoned Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and emcee whose lush spirit filled vocals could bring you to tears while still being able to spit raps with the top emcees in the game. As an independent female performing artist often in the public eye, image is everything – so making sure my image reflects my artistry and the spirit of my music is essential to me and my brand. Loves Life Photography has assisted me in building my brand with their professionalism and creativity in both in studio and live shoots.
One of my very first photo shoots as a professional solo artist was with Loves Life Photography. Loves Life captures the story behind the story. They capture the story that you want to tell but may not be sure how to. Their photographers are friendly and easy to work with, and helped me to come off as being very comfortable and natural in my photos even though I may have been a bit uncomfortable and awkward at first. They are also great with kids and their varying temperaments. My son, who hates taking pictures unless he can make silly faces the entire time, had an awesome shoot with Loves Life that included many different expressions outfits and locations. I was amazed. Hire Loves Life Photography for your next event or professional photo shoot. You won’t be disappointed.
EL AJNA aka 3RDEYEWOKE
The passion for Photography started at 14 for El… Born and raised in the UAE to parents of Ethiopian & Eritrean descent and through her extensive travels to Africa, Europe, North America and Asia, El is naturally able to infuse African, Arab, Indian and Mediterranean influences to her imagery & lifestyle. Today, she is thankful to have such a powerful outlet in her life that not only serves as a form of expressionism but also as visual therapy & 3rd eye healing with infinite possibilities.
During Photo shoots, she has taken on roles as Stylist, Make up Artist and Photographer for the archiving of her works, in addition to digital editing and experimenting with graphics, prompting an entire new medium.
Collaborating with like-minded artists and kindred spirits has been a platform for officially establishing El as a multi-dimensional entity starting early 2010. Now a Mom, Wife, healing Artist & blooming Entrepreneur based in the DMV area, she is a published freelance Photographer, Stylist, Jewelry Designer, Model and owner of ‘TRUE:xpressionz ©’ in addition to being a certified Holistic Practitioner, Reiki Master and owner of her newly launched practice ‘TRUE:prana Temple Of Holistic Arts ©’ in 2013.
“I originate from a land full of rich culture and beautiful history. It is only natural I effortlessly express and exude that beauty the best way I know how..through my BEing…through my (he)ART. My purpose is to let people know it’s okay to be different, it’s okay to be comfortable in your own skin. Owning your beauty is a right given to you by your Creator. Dare to re-define beauty for yourself… Seeing yourself beautiful is divine and allowing me to capture you in your divine essence and show you your light is priceless. Freedom, peace, love and beauty all come from within. No make up can make up for that. Know thyself… Love thyself. DARE TO B TRUE!”
“Collaborating with Kofi on artistic projects, business or personal, is always a pleasure and an honor. He is a community builder, a team player, delightful to work with and he takes his work seriously. I admire that in him. Im very much excited to see what the future holds for Kofi Handon and Loves Life Photography! Blessed be!” – El
Asli Pure Natural Body Care
Created in 2005, Thea Browne-Dennis is the founder of Asli Pure Natural Body Care a ritual skin carr line that has steadily been gaining popularity in the Washington Metropolitan Area . Designed to add ritual to daily life, the Asli Pure product line uses nutrient rich oils, plant botanicals, and therapeutic aromas to create bath care tools that cleanse, nourish and promote healthy, radiant skin.
The mission of Asli Pure is to bring balance within by combining body care and nature. The earth is endowed with bountiful gifts from which both the internal and external body can benefit. Asli Pure harnesses this energy by combining the best ingredients with warmth, love, and life.
Kofi Handon uses his camera not only as a tool but as an extension of himself. His keen eye, style, professionalism, and passion are evident in all the images of his work. Loves Life Photography captures the light and truly embodies our most intimate and precious moments.
~ Thea Browne-Dennis
APPEAL, Inc. is an enterprise creating a Credit Union/On-Line Bank to leverage Black dollars to invest in economic development and empowerment for our communities, locally, nationally and globally, and conducting workshops with empowering information in Financial Literacy and Historical & Cultural Literacy. APPEAL is an acronym for Association of People for Pan-Africanist Economic Advancement thru Leverage. APPEAL is a membership organization, and members get FREE admission and on-line access to all of its valuable workshops. By joining APPEAL, new members also help to put the organization in the position to launch its groundbreaking financial institution. APPEAL’s motto is: “It’s About Empowerment!”
“Loves Life Photography’s Founder and Principal, Kofi Handon, is one of the initial members of APPEAL, and is a long-time colleague and extended family member of APPEAL’s”
Executive Director, Lasana Mack.
Farafina Kan literally translates to “The Sound of Africa”. We pride ourselves in maintaining the history, traditions, and culture of Africa through the arts.Through performances, lecture demonstrations, residences, and in-studio classes, we offer our students a passport to Africa as we explore Africa’s culture through song, dance, and music. Loves Life Photography has been been able to capture the strength, power, grace and energy of our artistry time and time again.